MovedPublished Sunday, 4th October, 2020
If you read or heard my last update, you will have learned that I moved house on September 3rd.
That all feels quite a long time ago now but I am both delighted and relieved to tell you that it went seamlessly. Moving house was objectively the biggest thing I did this past month but I've done so much more since then. In the past seven days alone I've...
- Created a pilot for an upcoming podcast
- Visited a top-secret secret underground bunker to see an old Roman wall
- Gone bouldering and rockclimbing at The Warehouse in Gloucester
- Met a tamarin monkey at Bristol Zoo with keeper Olivia
- Done both rockclimbing and animal meeting at the Wild Place Project, just off the M5 near Bristol
Here's what else I've been up to this month.
Netflix Original Criminal is a good watch. Filmed in just three rooms, you're plonked in the middle of an interogation with suspects ranging from a murderer (S1E1) to a prision inmate who just gets a bit bored (S2E4). When you've exhausted the 7 episodes the UK version has to offer, there's also Spanish, German and French versions all with different stories that you can watch dubbed.
Warhol: A Life as Art by Blake Gopnik is a behemoth clocking in at almost 1,000 pages but offers the most comprehensive insight into Warhol's work yet. I tried my hand at screenprinting earlier in the month with a £40 reusable kit from Hobbycraft. It wasn't reusable (the blocking element dried in the screen to the extent that no cleaner would remove it) but I did make lots and lots of prints, some of which I'm quite proud of. If you're going to give it a go, Pēbēo acrylics are beautiful to work with and come in the most flourecent colours you can think of.
I've also been reading Selfie by Will Storr and Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age by University of Oxford professor Viktor Mayer-Schonberger.
The Social Dilemma is a depressing but important film that's been recommended to me on two occasions. I watched it on the 24th. It features a bunch of technies including the creator of Facebook's Like button and the founder of the Center for Humane Technology talking about social media's effect on the psyche. I think social media is just a moral panic for a connected world but the film presents some valid points especially around the problems of misinformation.
For audio friends, freetousesounds.com is selling their entire collection of over a terabtye of sound effects and atmos recordings for just $20. There are sounds from all over the world and there are some real gems in there too... Take a listen to the podcast version of this newsletter to hear a selection of them.
Finally, 2017 daily vlogging sensation Casey Neistat is back with more of the same, complete with very 2020 clickbaity titles and thumbnails. I love his style of storytelling and whilst I have no desire to become a daily-anything, I do remember watching a lot of 'how to vlog like Casey Neistat' videos during university. The one tip I remember was to cut off the end of sentences to make your movie seem more pacy; people can usually work out what you're going to say.
As always, my email inbox is always open if you want to chat about anything from what you're watching on Netflix to a location you think I should visit for Activity Quest, or anything else. Rockclimbing tips very welcome. The address is firstname.lastname@example.org.